Spontaneous nipple discharge

Spontaneous nipple discharge is when fluid comes out of the nipple on its own. This means a person has not squeezed or pressed on a nipple or breast to force out the fluid.

Spontaneous nipple discharge is often noticed as a stain on a bra or clothing. Sometimes a person can see this discharge after taking a shower.

Fluid that comes out only when the nipple or breast is squeezed or pressed is different from a spontaneous discharge.

Last Updated: March 31, 2008

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Brent Shoji, MD - General Surgery

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